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The Department of Human Services (DHS) is assisting eligible families to better-afford preschool for the 2021-2022 school year. The Preschool Open Doors (POD) program application period began January 4 and is open through March 31, 2021. Funds are limited, so DHS encourages families to apply early.

To qualify for the program, children must be eligible to enter kindergarten in the 2022-2023 school year (born between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017). If awarded a subsidy, families may use any one of the 409 state-licensed preschools. DHS also gives priority to underserved or at-risk children.


Preschool Open Doors provides subsidies to eligible families to help pay preschool tuition. POD aims to assist low-income and moderate-income families with a subsidy that provides their children the opportunity to attend preschool. Preschool and other early learning opportunities help children gain essential skills, be prepared for school and chart a course for lifelong success.


Interested families may access the application from the department’s POD contractor, PATCH, by visiting patchhawaii.org or calling (808) 791-2130 / (toll-free) 1-800-746-5620. PATCH can also help families locate a preschool convenient for them.


Applications must be received by end of business day on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 for consideration during the July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 program period.


Application and Information in PDF form below:

Preschool Open Doors Enrollment for 2021-2022 School Year


Applications may be dropped off, mailed, faxed, or emailed to the following:

PATCH – POD 560 N. Nimitz Hwy, Suite 218 Honolulu, HI 96817 Fax: (808) 694-3066 Email: PODAdmin@patch-hi.org


Eligibility and priorities for POD program selection are detailed online in HAR §17-799, which is available online at humanservices.hawaii.gov/admin-rules-2/admin-rules-for-programs.


For more information about other DHS programs and services, visit http://humanservices.hawaii.gov





The news that protestors have stormed the U.S. Capitol is extremely distressing. It is an assault on democracy and everything this country stands for. The vote certification process and peaceful transition of power must be completed as required by the United States Constitution, following a free and fair election. In Hawai‘i, State Sheriffs -Department of Public Safety, are working with the Honolulu Police Department to protect the Hawai‘i State Capitol if necessary.


Following many discussions with health and natural resource leaders of the State to find a way forward for future surf contests in Hawai‘i, we have determined that the State will be suspending surf competitions at this time.


The public health and safety of our communities, contestants, spectators and guests is first and foremost in this decision.

Unlike other professional and amateur events held on private property, the enforcement of crowds and large gatherings on public property will be challenging. The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism consulted with the Department of Health, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and the Governor’s office in making this decision.


We respectfully ask for your patience, understanding and cooperation in these very challenging times as we all find the way forward together during this global pandemic.



* DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM

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